2017 Call for Participation

By Imagining America | February 15, 2017

C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]
This is a call for participation
A call for your ideas
And a call for our collective engagement

Imagining America 17th National Conference
Davis, California | October 12-14, 2017 | #IACALL2017
Deadline extension: Monday, March 27

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We are in a period of pervasive polarization, in which fundamental issues of equity and inclusion are at stake. This extraordinary moment calls for an extraordinary vision of the future.

Higher education is well positioned to be a champion of engaged knowledges and learning. It offers the potential for community and higher education partnerships, the space for critical dialogue, and a platform for the cultural works and activism necessary for democracy. How can we answer the call to challenge inequities and work together toward co-creating the future we envision?

While all proposals that resonate with IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals will be considered, we especially seek creative session proposals that engage with Communities, Arts, Lands, and Learning (C.A.L.L.).

  • How does your work engage with communities?
  • How are you applying knowledges through the humanities, design, and arts?
  • How is your engaged research, placemaking, and practice and/or lived experience informed by different understandings of lands?
  • How might equity be advanced through engaged and creative ways of learning?

Submissions of past, ongoing, and speculative work are welcomed. Diversity and inclusiveness are key values of this conference, and the conference organizers want to receive any disabilities accommodations needed to support your full participation.

As a movement of publicly engaged artists, designers, students, scholars, and community members, the Imagining America consortium works towards the democratic transformation of higher education and civic life in pursuit of equity and social justice. This work draws on the bold power of the humanities, arts, and design—but welcomes all fields of interest—to address the pressing issues of our time: including, but not limited to, environmental justice, health access, homophobia, immigration, Islamophobia, labor equality, misogyny, class concerns, globalization, racism, transphobia, and xenophobia.

This gathering will create a space for all to come together and explore: What does democracy, social justice and equity mean to “us” – in an inclusive and fully participatory sense? How do we ensure a constructive relationship between knowledge and democracy? Whose lived realities become our shared her/histories? How can we challenge some of the conventional relationships that exist among knowledge, institutions, communities, and public life?

About Imagining America. Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on the arts, design and humanities. As a consortium of 100 colleges, universities, and cultural organizations, Imagining America catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

About conference host and region. The city of Davis sits on historic Patwin land in Northern California, 20 miles from the state capitol of Sacramento, in the northernmost part of California’s Central Valley. UC Davis was established in 1905 by the California Legislature as a state agricultural school, and in 1959 it was incorporated into the general University of California system. The University of California’s fundamental missions are teaching, research and public service.

Session Formats

Prospective presenters should propose an ideal format with which to share their ideas and their work, understanding that all proposals will be considered first as part of a locally organized and curated seminar or workshop. A proposal that does not fit neatly into a curated seminar or workshop will be considered as a stand-alone session.

Imagining America encourages prospective presenters to think creatively when crafting their ideal session design, and note the importance IA places on story/narrative, dialogue, and critical exchange. The most common session formats are listed below. Please note that IA does not accept paper presentations.  

  • Performance and Dialogue: These sessions provide the experience of particular performance-based engagement methodologies or innovative models of engaged performance. Sessions must include ample opportunity for discussion and critique.
  • Roundtable: Designed to generate discussion around a shared topic, issue, or action, roundtables begin with short statements (5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer. The sessions are then largely discussion and feedback.
  • Workshop: A facilitator sets the agenda, poses opening questions, and organizes participant activities and discussions. The session can focus on specific skill development, problems, resources for higher education-community partnerships, or work and conversation on particular issues.
  • Media Session: Films, video or audio clips, or excerpts from projects that utilize new media. The viewing of or listening to media should not take up the whole of the sessions; presenters should build dialogue or other ways of engaging the audience into their proposed session description. Instructions for submitting media are included in the online submission form.
  • Poster: Conference attendees may present and solicit feedback on their existing and emerging projects by displaying a poster at a session dedicated to that format. Posters typically mix a brief narrative description with photographs, organizational or historical charts, maps, video, or other modes of presentation.
  • Pecha Kucha: Brief 6-7 minute thought collages of basic concepts. One slide is visible for 20 seconds. 20 slides are allowed. This format democratizes the presentations – all speakers are held to time limits and provide core concepts of their talk that can then be integrated into the subsequent group discussion session.